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William Jeffers

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William Jeffers

AGE: 79 • Little Silver

William Jeffers, of Little Silver, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. He was 79. Bill was born Aug. 20, 1931 in Liverpool, England and the son of James and Mary Jeffers. Bill was the youngest of nine children. Growing up in industrial England during the Second World War, Bill is remembered for studying tirelessly at the kitchen table. His resourcefulness and focus earned him scholarships for his entire education, and his family still treasures his immaculately kept notebooks. Bill is a graduate of St. Mary's College and Liverpool University, where he received his PhD in inorganic chemistry at the age of 23. Bill's charm and wit caught the eye of a young Maureen O'Neill, whom he wooed with long evening walks and married in 1955. In 1961, Bill and Maureen decided to visit the United States for a "one year adventure." That adventure began with a steamship, two kids, 11 suitcases, and $700 and lasted 50 years. In the United States, Bill first worked for the DuPont Company as a research chemist in the Photo Products Division in Parlin, NJ. After 11 years with DuPont, Bill joined American Hoechst and retired in 1987 from his position as Vice President and General Manager of the Azoplate division. He holds numerous patents in the printing industry. In addition, working with a neighbor and close friend, Bill played a role in the development of one of the first electric barbeque grills. With his retirement came the arrival of his first and only granddaughter, who was quickly followed by three grandsons. Bill's fun-loving nature sharpened with age, and his grandchildren fondly remember him chasing them through the house, while pretending to be a lion and clad in his wife's furs. Despite his struggle with Parkinson's disease, Bill retained his acerbic repartee and fierce love of his family until the end.

A longtime resident of Fair Haven, Bill is survived by his wife, Maureen and their three children; daughter, Susan and son-in-law Nicholas Carter of Riverside, Conn.; son, Mark and daughter-in-law Laurie Jeffers of Rumson, NJ; and son, Will and daughter-in-law Laura Jeffers of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Sarah Carter, Andrew Carter, Nicholas Jeffers and Peter Jeffers; a brother, Albert and his wife Helen of Crosby, England; numerous nieces and nephews in England; and three grand-dogs, Salty, Penny and Monty.

A memorial mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22 at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attn: Tribute Gifts, Church St. Station, P.O. Box 780, NY, NY 10008-0780 or online at www.michaeljfox.org. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was entrusted with his arrangements.

Published in Asbury Park Press on July 19, 2011
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